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Heritage students go on mission trip

April 22, 2012
  • Heritage Academy students are shown in the Dominican Republic, where they spent spring break on a recent mission trip.
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Eighteen Heritage Academy students and four adults spent their spring break, March 15 to 24, ministering in the Dominican Republic. 

The group visited Los Toros, a small village three hours west of Santo Domingo. 

They assisted Pastor David Reyes and his wife, Jewell, in various projects. 

The team held children’s programs at a church and a preschool, and they held five children’s programs in the Los Toros public school and five at the public school in a neighboring village.

A total of a 1,200 children attended the programs, which included Bible story puppet shows of Noah and the Ark, Daniel in the Lion’s Den, and David and Goliath. 

Team members also taught the children songs and a Bible verse, and they taught about the life of Jesus using children from the audience to help portray characters from the story.

Heritage students were also involved in a number of work projects. They helped plaster walls in one home, hand mix cement for the floor of another, and painted several homes inside and out. They also helped clear land and put in a fence in an area that is going to be used to raise cattle.

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Most evenings were spent with the teens from the Dominican church. Youth activities included playing volleyball, softball or board games, and meeting in homes for fellowship. 

“I believe a cross-cultural experience involving giving of their time to serve others and presenting the gospel is a valuable experience for these students and will help them in the future,” said Gary Grove, Heritage board member and organizer of the trip.
 

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